Joel Swift started playing water polo as a 10-year-old. In 2016 the centre forward will make his Olympic debut with the Australian Sharks in Rio de Janeiro.
The Western Australian athlete is a four time National Water Polo League titleholder with his Perth based team, the Fremantle Mariners. In 2009 he helped Australia claim its first gold water polo medal at the World University Games in Serbia against the host nation.
Swift lived in Budapest for three years, playing water polo with some of the world’s best. He played in the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, where Australia placed eighth in both.
Swift comes from a very athletic family; his mother Helen was a national ice skater, his father David played rugby league, and his grandfather competed in the 1956 Olympics in Sailing.
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Water Polo Men
East Fremantle, WA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 5th - 2016 World League Super Final (Huizhou, China)
- 2nd - 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament (Yokohama, Japan)
- 1st – 2015 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament (California, USA)
- 5th – 2015 FINA World League Super Final, Bergamo, Italy
- 8th – 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
- Playing for Australia at World Championships 2013 and 2015
- Winning Gold Medal at World Uni Games 2009
- Winning National League - 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012
- Richmond Primary School, WA, Australia
- Aquinas College, WA, Australia
- Bachelor of Commerce, Curtin University, WA, 2008 -
Elvis Fatovic 2013-current
Fremantle Mariners, Perth WA and Ferencvaros, HUN
Primary Training Base
Challenge Stadium, Perth
Secondary Training Base
- Same routines
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Smart car
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- lotto ticket or my mum
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Eric the Eel
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman gold Sydney
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My school teacher Paul Oberman
- Why this sport?
- Good at it and my friends played